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Jacques Chirac: Yo Bruno, what kind of animal is that over there?
Bruno Le Maire: Since when do you say, “yo,” Jacques?
Chirac: It’s always been a part of my vernacular. BTW, you can call me Monsieur Chirac, and don’t change the subject.
Le Maire: Just because I’m the Minister of Agriculture doesn’t mean I know anything about agriculture. I actually hate animals and nature. Didn’t you see me on Canal Plus yesterday? I don’t even know what a turkey sounds like. I just wanted to be Minister and agriculture was the only one available. I took it because I knew les grands surfaces (large supermarket chains) would give me huge bribes to not denounce them because they’re fleecing farmers and French consumers.
Chirac: You sort of suck, Bruno. Of course, bribes are kind of nice.
Click here to see more Dialogues.
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While we’re on the subject of feves, I thought I’d share a recent one I found in a tasty galette du roi from one of our favorite pastry chefs in our area, Jean-Marc Bernigaud, who was previously the pastry chef at Trois Gros, a three star Michelin restaurant in Roanne. Typically, the galettes are filled with frangipane but Jean-Marc told us he was bored and added a different flavor: a delicious apple and noisette filling, unusual but expectedly unique and refreshing, in any case. It had a non-traditional design on top, too.
While my feve isn’t as sexy as the Kamasutra feves, I thought it was cute, a teeny tiny Renault 4L, a super popular car in France from 1961 and beyond. It was Renault’s response to their competitor, the Citroen 2CV (what the French call the deux chevaux (two horses)), which is cuter and iconic of old France. (Read more about the 4L here.)
Back to the feve.
A couple of days after feasting on the galette, I saw the Renault 4L again but this time it was a real Renault 4L and the exact same color as the mini Renault 4L feve!
Posted in cars/bikes/etc, events, food and drinks, pastries, travel and places, travel tip Tagged with: feve, france, french cars, galette du roi, old french cars, Renault 4L
A baker in the Vaucluse area of France has discovered the secret ingredient to a successful Galette du Roi: the same ingredient as most popular products: sex. Specifically, the boulanger put feves featuring various Kamasutra positions. Needless to say, the lines at the bakery rival those of Apple’s new product launches. Sales have obviously skyrocketed. How do the galettes taste? Who cares!
699 Avenue Vidier Maurice Marguerite
84270 Vedène, France
Telephone: +33 (0)4 90 02 37 24
PHOTO/LE DAUPHINE/Manuel PASCUA
Related: La Galette du roi/King Cake for Epiphany, Galette des rois for Epiphany
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Vive La France!
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To open the festival dedicated to Impressionism in Rouen, 1,250 people held large fragments of a reproduction of a Claude Monet masterpiece (La Cathédrale de Rouen, effet de soleil, fin de journée) above their heads yesterday in an attempt to create the world’s biggest live Impressionist painting. Neat! Watch the video by clicking on the image.
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The success of Restaurant Week in cities like New York, Dublin, Lisbonne, Madrid, London, Miami and Los Angeles has inspired cities in France to give a go to a week dedicated to affordable gastronomy. Hundreds of participating restaurants will offer a unique menu priced at 20,10€ for lunch and 35€ for dinner.
I was looking forward to checking out several restaurants in our region, including Bernard Loiseau in Saulieu, but it’s not on the list!
For more information, visit Tous au restaurant.
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Order your Thanksgiving dinner and have it made for you, so you don’t have to try to fit a turkey in that tiny, French oven! If not that, perhaps you’re traveling or just don’t want to deal with it at home. How about going out for a real, Thanksgiving dinner à la américaine? The Bistrot Saint Martin is offering a feast for Turkey Day to eat in or take out, but reserve now as long as there are still openings. The in-restaurant dinner is 30€/person and includes:
Take out dinners include:
Bistrot Saint Martin
Telephone: 06 32 75 98 05/01 46 07 73 68
Website: The Bistrot Saint Martin
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I didn’t even know Strasbourg HAD a 10-day international film festival. Of course, this is only their second year but it’s definitely worth a mention. (Thanks, Sophie)
The Strasbourg International Film Festival is an alternative, cutting-edge discovery film festival showcasing independent film from around the world mainly focusing on the works of new and emerging filmmakers, held annually. Presenting 50 feature films and over 150 short films, the Strasbourg International Film Festival works to empower and assist independent filmmakers while bringing audiences a uniquely rich and cultural filmic experience they might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience and embrace.
Here’s the press release for the event:
Strasbourg, France – The Strasbourg International Film Festival presents feature films selected to screen in the following categories – Drama, Post Modern Drama, Culturally-Inclined Drama, Dramedy, Romantic Comedy, Psychological Thriller, SciFi-Fantasy-Horror, Experimental, Animation and Documentary . The 2009 Strasbourg International FIlm Festival runs August 28 through Sept 6 in Strasbourg, France and Kehl, Germany.
For the 2009 Strasbourg International FIlm Festival 50 feature-length films were selected including 11 World Premieres, 13 International Premieres, 11 European Premieres, 3 Mainland European Premieres, 8 French Premieres, and 3 Strasbourg Premieres representing 37 countries with 31 first-time filmmakers.
The films screening in DRAMA are:
Baghdad, Texas / USA (Director: David H. Hickey) 90 mins. – 2009 – While a Middle Eastern dictator is fleeing his occupied country his plane crashes on the Mexican Border. He is inadvertently carried into Texas by illegal immigrants. Struck by a truck driven by three cowboys, he is taken back to their exotic game ranch where they slowly discover his identity. International premiere
Bathory / Austria/Slovakia, Czech Republic, UK, Hungary, USA (Director: Juraj Jakubisko) 138 mins. – 2008 – Bathory is based on the legends surrounding the life and deeds of Countess Elizabeth Bathory known as the greatest murderess in the history of mankind. Contrary to popular belief, Elizabeth Bathory was a modern Renaissance woman who ultimately fell victim to mens aspirations for power and wealth. French Premiere
Bergfest (Without You I’m Nothing) / Germany (Directed by Florian Eichinger, 1st Feature) 89 mins. – 2008 – A weekend in the Bavarian Alps. 25-year-old HANNES meets his father after 8 years of separation in a little mountain hut. By the influence of their very different girl friends ANN and LAVINIA, the stage-director-father and his actor-son cautiously try to make a new start. A bold venture, leading all of them to an abyss of unforeseen cruelty. French Premiere Read more of this article »
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On the 20th of May Paris will host an auction that you should attend if you love vintage fashion, and particularly if you like the iconic pieces created by French brand Hermés. Over 700 of their creations will be auctioned at the Hotel Marcel Dassault.
Auction house Artcurial have managed to collect 700 iconic Hermés pieces. Many of them are from the 60s, 70s and 80s, with authentic jewellery in some cases starting at just €70.
From their legendary foulards to jodhpur boots and beautiful bags. As you can imagine, the 700 pieces feature many interesting and unique creations. Don’t forget, you need to book in advance…
Hôtel Marcel Dassault
7 rond-point des Champs-Élysées
20 May 10:30am: Lots 1-250
20 May 2:30pm: Lots 251-End
Auctioneer: François Tajan
15-18 May, 11am-7pm
19 May, by appointment
Contact: Cyril Pigot
Phone: +33 1 42 99 16 56
Phone: +33 1 42 99 20 51
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The master of romanticism and rugged grandeur, Charles Aznavour has returned to the Gotham stage for an all-too-brief four-night stand with his unique catalog of French chanson. At the ripe age of 85, the singer-songwriter has lost none of his quicksilver energy, impish humor or trademark sense of musical storytelling. In a nearly two-hour show, he turned the pages of a familiar songbook that brought frequent cheers from a capacity audience clearly packed with adoring fans.
With the added glitter of a sparkling ballroom orb, Aznavour sang “The Old Fashioned Way (Les Plaisirs Demodes)” and danced across the stage with an imaginary woman in his arms. But perhaps the most tender memory was the plaintive scrapbook, “Yesterday When I Was Young.”
Aznavour is a master of gesture, nuance and timing. He accents his songs with a subtle reflection of young love and heartbreak. “La Boheme” is a bittersweet reflection of the passing of spring and lost life, while “It Will Be My Day” is a rhythmic celebration of showbiz savvy, youth and expectation. His performance of “Ave Maria” remains an intensely vivid hymn. “She,” the only song performed in English, is his biggest Stateside hit, featured here as an encore that allowed the singer to toast all women.
For the poignant duet “Je Voyage,” Aznavour was joined by his daughter, Katia; the narrative follows a young girl journeying into her future as her older companion travels through memories.
His daughter is one of two backup singers accompanying Aznavour, along with a nine-piece band with four violins and an accordion that projects a much bigger sound than one would expect. A smartly structured lighting design frames the crooner distinctively.
The New York leg is billed as an extension of Aznavour’s North American farewell tour that began in 2006. The performer is undoubtedly one of the last of a breed of living legends, a cunning crooner who has lost none of his seductive charm.
City Center Main Stage
Apr 29 – May 3, 2009
Tickets: $55, $75, $95, $125, $150, $175, $190
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I wonder if Jeff Koons, the artist whose sculptures are displayed at the Château de Versailles (until Dec 14), is responsible for those condom ads.
Versailles Exhibition (slideshow and article at nyt)
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Air France has special packages for a romantic getaway to Paris from the U.S. See details here.
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“Perhaps nothing symbolized the American team’s efforts at the Bocuse d’Or better than its beef cheeks. At the world’s premier chef’s competition, which ended on Jan. 28 in Lyons, France, the Estonians transformed the cheeks — a required ingredient this year — into pot-au-feu, the Brazilians stuffed potatoes with them, and the Malaysians spiced them up into rendang. But the U.S. competitors, 28-year-old Timothy Hollingsworth and his assistant, Adina Guest, braised the meat until it was silky, set it on a tiny round of baby turnip, and topped it with a floret of broccolini. Smuggled through customs, the vegetables came straight from the garden of the famed French Laundry restaurant in Napa, California, where the two chefs work, and gave the presentation a delicious, locally grown flavor that could only be American. Sadly, in a context where extravagance and adherence to the rules of classical cooking take precedence, that might have been part of the problem.
From the heavy presence of seafood mousses to the cheesy compliments the MC paid the female judges, the Bocuse d’Or is nothing if not French. But because it is also a kind of culinary Olympics, with teams from 24 different countries competing over two days for a gold trophy that brings prestige and a $26,000 prize, the contest is imbued with national rivalries that extend from the fans in the bleachers to the flavors on the elaborate platters.
In fact, for the young chefs who compete in the contest — founded by revered French chef Paul Bocuse — navigating between the desire to demonstrate the glories of their national cuisine (to say nothing of their own creativity) and the wish to please a jury that tends to favor the classic French style is precisely the challenge. “If you’re playing soccer, you can’t use your hands,” says Antonio Saura, a Spanish filmmaker whose 2007 documentary El Pollo, el Pez, y el Cangrejo Real featured the competition. “The Bocuse is the same way: you have to play by their rules.”
Those rules are … ” continue reading
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“Two months after America’s 44th Presidential election, Obama-mania is as palpable as ever in the City of Lights. So, fittingly, there are several good options for those who want to watch live as Barack Obama is sworn in on January 20th (at around 6PM Paris time).
Democrats Abroad France is sponsoring a “President Barack Obama Inauguration Celebration,” a two-part event starting at the cocktail bar Le Queenie at 8:00 pm. Hang out here for a few hours before moving on to nearby danceclub Queen, (doors open at 10pm) to watch the inauguration live on big screen TVs and dance till the sun comes up. Le Queenie is free, but there is a 15 Euro cover charge to enter Queen after midnight. You don’t have to be a registered member of Democrats Abroad France in order to attend– but they do request that anyone who plans to come RSVP to email@example.com. (Le Queenie, 5 rue des Berri, 75008 Paris, Metro George V. Queen, 102 Avenue Champs Elysées, 75008 Paris, Metro George V).
Bar, exhibition space and concert venue Bizz’ Art is open from 6pm to 2am for “Obama Day–Yes, We Can!.” This is a multi-media event featuring a display and sale of Obama clothing silkscreened by designer Xuly Bet, as well as a photo exhibition, and soul music concert by several groups including Chicago musician Sean Haefeli. The inauguration will be replayed on a big screen throughout the night. (Bizz’ Art, 167 quai de Valmy, 75010, Metro Louis Blanc, http://opusclub.free.fr/).
On the casual end, a selection of Paris’ s Anglo pubs and restaurants are, as on Election Day in November, hosting coverage. The inauguration can be viewed live from 5:30pm at The Highlander Pub (8, rue Nevers, 75006, Metro Pont Neuf or Odeon) and 4:30pm at Carr’s Irish Restaurant and Bar, (1 Rue Du Mont Thabor, 75001, Metro Tuileries, parking at Place Vendome). American-style diner Breakfast in America will turn on its TVs at 4pm to catch the pre-inauguration festivities, just ahead of American restaurant Joe Allen, tuning in at 4.30 pm (BIA, 17 rue des Ecoles, 75005, Métro: Cardinal LeMoine or Jussieu. Joe Allen, 30 Rue Pierre Lescot, Paris, 75001, 014236 7013).
For those looking for something calmer (or cheaper), the American Church in Paris may be the place for you. Starting at 7:30 pm, the American Church will host a special 30-minute worship service–with a gospel choir–followed by a live viewing of the inauguration. A free reception with music, food, and drink rounds out the evening (The American Church in Paris, 65, quai d’Orsay, 75007, Metro Pont de l’Alma or Invalides). The American Library is open as well, with live coverage of the inaugural address starting at 5:30 and, at 7:30, a discussion led by political analyst Thierry Leterre on ‘The 2008 election viewed from Europe: A world ballot?’ (The American Library, 10, rue du Général Camou, 75007, Metro Ecole Militaire or Alma-Marceau).
The French capital’s most formal inauguration event is also the hardest to get into. The Mairie (Town Hall) of Paris will be hosting its Inaugural Celebration of the 44th President of the United States at the Hotel de Ville, from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Tickets are required in order to attend– and Democrats Abroad have already run out of theirs. However, there may still be some available through Republicans Abroad. Email Stuart.Haugen@RepublicansAbroad.fr as soon as possible for further information.”
Since we’re on the subject of Obama, I thought I’d mention these very cute T-shirts created by Chris Bishop, who is based in the DC Metro area. The T, called “Barack O’Unicorn” features Obama riding a white unicorn. They are only $17 plus $3 shipping in the U.S. until Obama takes office officially. After that, the price goes up. We ordered some and they took only a week to get to France. Get yours now!
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French game developers, Phelios Inc., based in Atlanta have released this free game called, “Whack the Dead” just in time for Halloween. So while waiting for trick-or-treaters and munching on tons of candy corn, waste a little time and indulge in some good fun whacking of the dead.
Nah, it’s not really violent in a realistic way; I mean, because they’re already dead! it’s more light fun and silliness with zombies and other creepy characters. Click on the green creatures and get rid of them whilst racking up on points. Your default weapon is a shovel, but you can upgrade if you find guns, rifles or grenades. The grenade will kill everything that’s on the board at once! Don’t whack the alive people or you will lose points. Play using a mouse (playing on a touch pad doens’t work as well), and try to to beat my high score, which is 911. Not a very auspicious score but beat that, anyway. I dare you!
Whack the Dead is actually really fun if you play it on an iPhone using your fingers to whack, but you can play it on your computers as well. Best of all it’s free.
Download Whack the Dead for Mac
Download Whack the Dead for PC
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Celebrate a different kind of Halloween this year in Paris by roller blading around the city dressed as something ghoulish or Halloweenish with Pari Roller. Pari Roller has scheduled a group skate for Friday, October 31 at 10pm. This should be a lot of fun and not to be missed if you’re into blading. The group could be as large as 25,000 people and it’s said that Paris’ group skate is the biggest in the world. Meet at Montparnasse between the tower and the train station at 10pm and skate ’til about 1am. Click here for more info.
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As a die-hard enthusiast of Halloween and as a chronic gamer, I can not help but be envious of people in or near Paris this Halloween. Why? The Undead Invasion is in Paris! If you’re in Paris and want to try something different and fun this Halloween, check it out with a team of your friends and become zombie fighters. I know you’ve always wanted to be a zombie fighter. Here’s some info:
What is the Undead Invasion?
Every Halloween, a select number of zombies are granted access to our world to survey the conditions for a full-scale invasion. You and your team of zombie hunters must make it clear that there will be no invasion this year and that this aggression will not stand.
You will be confronting a formidable enemy with no respect for human life, customs, or fashion sense. This adversary, however, has a weakness. The zombie scouts can only stay above ground so long as they are in possession of their official travel permits, another example of the unexpected bureaucracy of the Zombie Autonomous Administration.
Outwit and your mindless foe and convince him to freely part with his permits. To help you locate the zombies and complete this task, Undead Invasion Central Command will distribute portions of the Book of the Living Dead.
By combining your wit and will with this information, you will be able to locate and neutralize the zombie threat. The team that makes the greatest contribution to this effort will be crowned Zombie Stomping Champions and will awarded all of the commensurate perks. (read the official rules here)
Register to play
Registration is quick and easy, we suggest a team of 3-5 zombie hunters. Once registered, you will receive updates and instructions from Undead Invasion Central Command. In the mean time, you can start learning about the Book of the Living Dead and zombie identification techniques. Register now.
Cities participating in the Undead Invasion: Atlanta, Brisbane, Honolulu, Lahaina, Nashville, New Orleans, New York (sold out), Paris, Princeton, Richmond.
Friday, October 31, 2008, 7:00 pm
20€ per player
Note: Game is English-based.
Click here for more information about the Undead Invasion in Paris
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WWF France (World Wildlife Fund) is turning 35 years old. Remembering their 35 years of struggle to save natural habitats and wildlife, and their 35 years of helping to protect biodiversity, the WWF is taking their icon/mascot, the panda, as a theme to “celebrate” these 35 years of combating the disappearance of pandas and thousands of other species of animals in danger. There are only 1600 pandas left on earth because Man has accelerated their extinction. The exhibit of 1600 pandas at the Trocadero is a call to action for each person to do their part in helping to reverse the deterioration of our natural environment.
1600 Pandas – WWF
October 18, 2008
10am – 5pm
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“Football matches in France will be called off immediately if spectators jeer during the French national anthem, says the country’s sports minister.
France’s national anthem was booed in Tuesday’s friendly win over Tunisia.
“Any match at which our national anthem is whistled at will be immediately stopped,” said Roselyne Bachelot.
French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said the booing was “insulting” and that in the event of a repeat it would be necessary “to call off matches”.
“It’s insulting for France, it’s insulting for the players of the French team, it should not be tolerated,” he added.
“I think we should stop the matches when the anthems, whichever they are, are booed.”
Two goals from Thierry Henry gave France coach Raymond Domenech a much needed boost in cementing a 3-1 win in Paris.
But the booing and whistling by some in the crowd – many of them Tunisian – as the French anthem was played infuriated France’s political establishment.
President Nicolas Sarkozy has demanded an investigation into the matter.
President Sarkozy’s aides said he had summoned French Football Federation president Jean-Pierre Escalettes following the “scandalous incidents which occurred at the Stade de France”.
Bachelot added: “Government members will immediately leave the arena where our national anthem has been whistled.
“When whistling of our national anthem happens, all friendly games with the country concerned will be suspended for a period yet to be determined by the federation president.”
Sports Minister Bernard Laporte has suggested that France no longer play friendlies against Maghreb region countries.
There have been similar problems in recent years in matches against Algeria and Morocco.
Friendlies against North African sides traditionally attract widespread support from sizeable immigrant communities in and around the French capital.
Some booed when the names of the French players were read out over the PA system before kickoff, reaching a crescendo for Hatem Ben Arfa, born in France to Tunisian parents.
Arfa opted to play for the country of his birth despite overtures from the Tunisian Federation.
“I’m not really angry with them,” said Ben Arfa. “It’s a bit of a shame but it’s not a major problem. They need to exist, you have to understand them.”
tags: france, french, football, boo, french anthem
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Though she’s been around a while now, her career got a serious kickstart because Apple decided to use her song, “New Soul” for the advertising campaign of the MacBook Air. I didn’t know much about her before that.
I’d heard in an interview with the French-Israeli artist, Yael Naim, that she didn’t even realize Apple used her song for the spot. Aren’t they supposed to ask for permission first? Anyway.
Her second album, Yael Naim, which includes the MacBook Air song and other songs in English, French and Hebrew, is really wonderful and worth a listen. I particularly liked her cover of Britney Spears’ “Toxic” and a song called, “Lonely,” which is beautiful if not impetus to start up drinking.
Listening to my fave radio station, kcrw, I’d heard she and the awesome David Donatien were touring in the U.S. this month and in November they’ll be back in France, so I thought I’d post her concert information:
10/14 Seattle (WA) | Triple Door
10/15 Portland (OR) | Aladdin Th.
10/17 Los Angeles (CA) | Troubadour
10/19 Aspen (CO) | Belly Up
10/20 Boulder (CO) | Boulder Th.
10/22 Minneapolis (MN) | Cedar Cultural Center
10/23 Chicago (IL) | House of Blues
10/25 Madison (WI) | Wisconsin Union Th.
10/27 New York (NY) | Webster Hall
10/29 Washington DC | 6th & I Historic Synagogue
11/06 Voiron | Le Grand Angle
11/07 Clermont Ferrand | Coopérative de Mai
11/08 Le Mans | Festival Be Bop
11/09 Boulogne sur Mer | Tendance Festival
11/06 Voiron | Le Grand Angle
11/07 Clermont Ferrand | Coopérative de Mai
11/08 Le Mans | Festival Be Bop
11/09 Boulogne sur Mer | Tendance Festival
11/10 Nancy | l’Autre Canal
11/13 Paris | LES FOLIES BERGÈRES
11/14 Paris | LES FOLIES BERGÈRES
11/15 Paris | LES FOLIES BERGÈRES
11/19 Zurich | Kaufleuten
11/20 Fribourg | Fri-Son
11/21 Milan | Rolling Stone
11/24 Rome | Auditorium
Her official website: Yael Naim, her myspace, her facebook
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Today is French singer, France Gall‘s birthday, born on October 9, 1947. Happy Birthday, France! In celebration, here’s a fun video of her first single, which was also her first hit called, Ne sois pas si bête (Don’t be so stupid). It was recorded in 1963, when Ms. Gall was 16 years old. The old video is fun and cute.
Watch the video (youtube)
Links: France Gall on wikipedia
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The Parti Socialist (PS) just wrapped up their L’université d’été, a summer camp-like convention for French politicians. This year it was in La Rochelle (I’m not sure if the venue changes yearly). Here’s the extremely long-winded Francois Hollande, the premier secrétaire of the socialist party with the mayor of La Rochelle, Maxime Bono, in the background.
Previous dialogues: The Dalai Lama and Carla Bruni, Michael Phelps and Alain Bernard, Sarkozy and Qaddafi, Laurent Voulzy and Alain Souchon, Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy, Johnny Hallyday and Sylvie Vartan, Tom Hanks and Jean Reno, Daniel Balavoine and Francois Mitterrand, Florent Pagny, Zidane and Xavier Darcos
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All kinds of fun events take place in France during August. Here’s a small selection:
August 1 – 3
20è Festival International de la Marionnette / 20th Marionnette Festival – Mirepoix – Every year the lovely arcaded medieval village of Mirepoix becomes a stage for puppets and puppeteers! More info
Fête du lac / Lake Festival – Annecy – Every year Annecy’s lake becomes the beautiful backdrop of this celebrated festival featuring music, dance and memorable fireworks festivities. More info
Course des Anes / Donkey Derby – Trouville-sur-Mer, 2pm-5pm – free – This is an annual event in the seaside town near Deauville called Trouville-sur-Mer. When fancy schmancy Deauville holds its posh horse racing, Trouville-sur-Mer offers a more laid back alternative. More info
Fête de la carotte / Carrot Festival – Créances, (Normandy) France – How can you pass up a festival dedicated to my farm fresh favorite juice-able veggie? Don’t miss the lunch or dinner, either. You probably know what’s on the menu. Call ahead to make reservations to attend the meals: Annie Auzou au 02 33 17 09 91.
La Pourcailhade / La Fête des cochons / Pig Festival – Trie-sur-Baïse – Starts at 9:30am – Time to pig out at this annual event with a pig squealing contest and sausage eating contest. More info
until August 15
L’heure du ciné – Movie Time – Nantes, 10pm Wednesdays – Free films every Wednesday 10pm in the Nante’s most verdant areas. Bring a picnic and enjoy dinner and a movie out in an open, lush space. More info Also: see Paris’ Open Air Cinema (La Villette) and Parc de Choisy
La Force Basque / Strongman Competition – Saint Palais – It’s all about muscle power in one of the most beautiful regions in France, Basque Country. Watch heavyweights lift a boulder! More info
August 23, 24
Fête de l’oignon rosé / Pink Onion Festival – Roscoff (Bretagne) – The regional AOC specialty of sweet, pink onions take center stage at this celebration of one of the most healthful and yummy veggies around. More info
August 28, 29
Rock en Seine – Domaine National de Saint Cloud – This rockin’ 2 day outdoor event is held in the Saint Cloud park just outside Paris. Showcase acts this year are: REM, Amy Winehouse, Rage Against the Machine, The Roots. More info
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This is a quick fyi to alert you to today and tomorrow’s different hours at the Eiffel Tower, just in case you feel like being smushed between thousands upon thousands of sweaty people.
Today, July 13th, there will be no show and the last access to the Tower is 9pm. The Tower will close at 10pm. Tomorrow, Bastille Day, the 14th: Last access is at 6pm and the Tower closes at 8pm. The fireworks show will take place at 10:45pm from Trocadero. Times are subject to change.
Otherwise, normal hours of the Tower: Open every day, 9am to 12:45am. Last access is 11:45pm.
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